People always I assume because I travel I am on vacation. I mean I guess you could call it that. Except I do all of the same stuff when I am traveling get up 5am, eat healthy, work, exercise, go to the doctor, do laundry, all the same stuff I would be doing at home. It is just a refreshing change of scenery.
I woke up today at 5am to sit outside today and blog. What exactly is “blogging” I tend to ask myself. I do A LOT of reading and trying to figure out what I want to write about.
I study and learn about “blogging” and “business.” How to blog effectively and how to run a business with maximum efficiency and the least amount of money, time, and effort.
I study people like Neil Patel, Tim Ferriss, Michael Hyatt, and many others. And, I don’t just study them: I eat, sleep, and breathe them. I sign up for their email list, and follow their RSS feeds and share their content. But, I am not buying what you are instead I am trying to gain insight into their business. I am trying to grasp what it is they are doing with the ideas they present and replicate the processes.
Weathering the storm
I received an email this morning that made me feel like I finally wasn’t alone in this thing — the blogging, content curation, business building, entrepreneurial dream “thing”.
Emma’s email read: “I have set a goal: I have 2 months in Ubud to sort my life out and get making some money or I have to get a real marketing job again to fund my life again.. !”
Wow. That’s impressive I thought. I mean I make goals all the time. Except they are in my head. And, I never really follow up on them to see if I have accomplished them or not. I wanted to start a blog about business, life, and travel but never seem to actually write the blog posts.
I want to write about how much FREE stuff is out their to start a business and how you can run one for essentially NOTHING — aka ZERO Dollars. I want to teach people how to live with out the ball and chain of a corporate job that will toss them to the side the minute they need to free up cash. People seem to think they are not disposable. Let me tell you — YOU ARE.
I have seen the highest of the high get dropped like a hot potato in corporate America. I remember walking in one morning to grab a front row seat to one of the largest financial giants letting go of the head of their department AND his assistant of 30 years. This was all done leaving a team of one instead of three.
The sad part the one that got to keep his job was the one the other two trained the past year of their career. To add flame to the fire and wounds this guy had only been with the company less than a year. But, the bank saved millions of dollars in salaries and bonuses that year.
It was at this point I started to think beyond “their” dreams and more about how to build mine. I was working like a slave while these people were raking in the BIG BUCKS. I mean I had a nice salary but they had a REALLY nice one. And, to top it all off they had control of whether I would be living in my house or my car the next day. The feeling grew in my stomach.
Spin Offs are a Good Thing
When I started this whole thing I was on top of the world. I had just told my corporate job to shove it and I was getting up working HARD everyday. Let me tell you when you start a business the rain will come. It is a learning experience — a long continuous learning curve.
I have had several businesses, all of which I learned something new about business. Each failure and success taught me something and led me onto the next idea. I used my trials as stepping stones to something bigger.
You Will Never Be A 100% Ready To Change Don’t Wait For The “Perfect” Time. It will never come. Start today!
So now here I am with a new venture and those feeling of overwhelm return. I guess I feel like what I have to say isn’t going to be good enough. Like someone else has already said what it is I have to say. Or, that someone will steal my work and make it better. Silly I know, but these are the crazy thoughts that enter my mind. I worry that tomorrow I will have better content to share or a better idea.
But, the truth is TODAY is when I should start. Not tomorrow, next week, or next month — when I plan to launch my official blog. My problem is the one thing I blog about “Procrastination” and fear mainly.
I’ve never really put myself out there like that. I never tell people publicly how I feel unless you are the lucky person to cross me during “that time of the month.” Most of this comes from my corporate job where we were scrutinized for any outside social engagements. Oh the memories of the robotic, money hungry, Kool-Aid sipping financial firm.
Learning to Dance during the rain
So, why even start a blog about you or your thoughts if you are afraid of what everyone else will say?
I wanted to start a blog for two reasons: (1) To heal from some personal physically draining medical issues I have been dealing with. Mainly for the social connection since I haven’t been able to connect as much as I like. (2) To help others with my knowledge from all of the experience both successes and failures I have endured.
I refuse to continue to let others stand in the way of what I have dreamed for so long. I can’t wait to be sitting on the other side of the table looking across from those peeps I use to work with asking me for help on how to run their business.
A little extreme some might say, but I do want to take just a little credit for the fact when I dipped out of my corporate gig my entire team lost their jobs within about 6 months. So, if that is not a wake up call to any big wigs out there that the peasants you pay the least do all the actual work, I am not sure what is!
When the storm has passed
I can’t wait to be sitting here on the other side telling you about the $1 million dollars I am raking in, or the 1 million followers I have. I can’t wait to tell you about the 1 million people I helped start their own dreams and do something big.
So, if you have ever thought about where you may someday want your life to be then start doing something NOW. Do Something TODAY. Try something small and easy to accomplish.
If you aren’t sure where to start, let me know and I will see if I can provide some insight. And, if you are already doing something and not sure where to turn next I’m pretty good at giving an outside opinion.